Past winners of the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards

SJA Sports Writer of the Year

STAR OF THE SHOW: Paul Hayward receives his  2015 Sports Writer of the Year award from SJA President Patrick Collins (Tom Dulat/Getty)
  • 2015 Paul Hayward
  • 2014: Martin Samuel
  • 2013: Martin Samuel
  • 2012: Paul Hayward
  • 2011: Michael Atherton
  • 2010: Martin Samuel
  • 2009: Michael Atherton
  • 2008: Patrick Collins
  • 2007: Martin Samuel
  • 2006: Martin Samuel
  • 2005: Martin Samuel
  • 2004: Duncan Mackay
  • 2003: Stephen Jones
  • 2002: Patrick Collins
  • 2001: Alan Lee
  • 2000: David Walsh
  • 1999: Kevin Mitchell
  • 1998: Colin Gibson
  • 1997: Patrick Collins
  • 1996: Paul Hayward
  • 1995: Ian Wooldridge
  • 1994: Hugh McIlvanney
  • 1993: Patrick Barclay
  • 1992: Michael Calvin
  • 1991: Hugh McIlvanney
  • 1990: Patrick Collins
  • 1989: Patrick Collins
  • 1988: James Lawton
  • 1987: Ian Wooldridge
  • 1986: Ian Wooldridge
  • 1985: Jeff Powell
  • 1984: Mike Langley
  • 1983: Ronald Atkin
  • 1982: Hugh McIlvanney
  • 1981: Hugh McIlvanney
  • 1979: Hugh McIlvanney
  • 1978: Ian Wooldridge
  • 1977: Frank Keating
  • 1976: Hugh McIlvanney, Ian Wooldridge

SJA Sports Photographer of the Year

Alan Crowhurst (right) receives his 2015 Sports Photographer of the Year award from 2014 winner Adrian Dennis (Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
  • 2015 Alan Crowhurst
  • 2014: Adrian Dennis
  • 2013: Bryn Lennon
  • 2012: Adrian Dennis
  • 2011: Edward Whitaker
  • 2010: Laurence Griffiths
  • 2009: Scott Heavey
  • 2008: Edward Whitaker
  • 2007: Gareth Copley
  • 2006: Stu Forster
  • 2005: Mike Hewitt
  • 2004: Tom Jenkins
  • 2003: Tom Jenkins
  • 2002: Clive Mason
  • 2001: Bob Martin
  • 2000: Toby Melville
  • 1999: Mike King
  • 1998: Mike Hewitt
  • 1997: Russell Cheyne
  • 1996: Clive Brunskill
  • 1995: Dave Joyner
  • 1994: Robert Hallam
  • 1993: Ross Kinnaird
  • 1992: Bob Martin
  • 1991: Chris Cole
  • 1990: David Ashdown
  • 1989: John Evans
  • 1988: Michael Steele
  • 1987: David Ashdown
  • 1986: Norman Lomax
  • 1985: Chris Smith
  • 1984: Eamonn McCabe
  • 1983: Bob Thomas
  • 1982: Chris Smith
  • 1981: Eamonn McCabe
  • 1980: Chris Smith
  • 1979: Eamonn McCabe
  • 1978: Eamonn McCabe
  • 1977: Gerry Cranham
HEADING FOR A FALL: One of Alan Crowhurst’s entries

SJA Broadcast Sports Presenter of the Year

SJA members voted overwhelmingly for BBC Radio's Alison Mitchell as their Sports Broadcaster of the Year
SJA members voted overwhelmingly for BBC Radio’s Alison Mitchell as their 2013 Sports Broadcaster of the Year

From 2005-2013, voted for by SJA membership. From 2014, based on entered work

  • 2015: Ian Ward
  • 2014: Eleanor Oldroyd
  • 2013: Alison Mitchell
  • 2012: Clare Balding
  • 2011: Mark Pougatch
  • 2010: Jonathan Overend
  • 2009: Jeff Stelling
  • 2008: Jeff Stelling
  • 2007: Jeff Stelling
  • 2006: Jeff Stelling
  • 2005: Jeff Stelling

SJA Sports Newspaper of the Year

  • 2015: Daily Mail
  • 2014: Daily Mail
  • 2013: Daily Mail
  • 2012: The Times
  • 2011: The Times
  • 2010: The Times

SJA Broadcast Sports Journalist of the Year

  • 2015: Richard Conway
  • 2014: Mike Costello

SJA Columnist of the Year

MULTI-WINNER: Matthew Syed 
  • 2015: Matthew Syed
  • 2014: Martin Samuel
  • 2013: Matthew Syed
  • 2012: Patrick Collins
  • 2011: Oliver Holt
  • 2010: Michael Atherton
  • 2009: Michael Atherton
  • 2008: Oliver Holt
  • 2007: Simon Barnes
  • 2006: Patrick Collins
  • 2005: James Lawton
  • 2004: Patrick Collins
  • 2003: Brian Reade
  • 2002: Michael Parkinson
  • 2001: Simon Barnes
  • 2000: Patrick Collins
  • 1999: Patrick Collins

Feature writer

The awards evening in March 2014 offered plenty of opportunities to catch-up with old friends from the media and sport: David Walker, the sports editor of the Sunday Mirror as well as chairman of the SJA, left, with former England football manager Terry Venables and the evening's presenter, John Inverdale
The awards evening in March 2014 offered plenty of opportunities to catch-up with old friends from the media and sport: David Walker, the sports editor of the Sunday Mirror as well as chairman of the SJA, left, with former England football manager Terry Venables and the evening’s presenter, John Inverdale
  • 2015: David Walsh
  • 2014: Paul Hayward
  • 2013: Matthew Syed
  • 2012: David Walsh
  • 2011: Matthew Syed
  • 2010: Matthew Syed
  • 2009: Owen Slot
  • 2008: Owen Slot
  • 2007: Matthew Syed
  • 2006: James Lawton
  • 2005: Owen Slot
  • 2004: Donald McRae
  • 2003: Andrew Longmore
  • 2002: Patrick Collins
  • 2001: David Walsh
  • 2000: Ian Chadband
  • 1999: Kevin Mitchell

 Specialist Correspondent

In 2014, this category specified for the first time that it excluded football, cricket and rugby journalists, as these sports now had their own specialist categories

  • 2015: Alastair Down
  • 2014: Paul Mahoney
  • 2013: Henry Winter
  • 2012: Michael Atherton
  • 2011: Michael Atherton
  • 2010: Henry Winter
  • 2009: Henry Winter
  • 2008: Michael Atherton
  • 2007: Kevin Garside
  • 2006: Doug Gillion
  • 2005: Matt Dickinson
  • 2004: Henry Winter
  • 2003: Brian Doogan
  • 2002: Matt Dickinson
  • 2001: Alan Lee
  • 2000: David Walsh
  • 1999: Paul Mahoney

Cricket Journalist

  • 2015: Michael Atherton
  • 2014: Mike Atherton

Football Journalist

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  • 2015: Daniel Taylor
  • 2014: Henry Winter

Rugby Journalist

  • 2015: Alan Dymock
  • 2014: Stephen Jones

 

WALL OF WONDER: The finalists display their amazing work

Sports News Reporter

  • 2015: Matt Lawton
  • 2014: Matt Lawton
  • 2013: David Conn
  • 2012: David Walsh
  • 2011: Paul Kelso
  • 2010: Neil Ashton
  • 2009: David Conn
  • 2008: Rob Draper
  • 2007: Neil Harman
  • 2006: Adrian Warner
  • 2005: Rob Draper
  • 2004: David Conn
  • 2003: Joe Melling
  • 2002: Not awarded
  • 2001: Owen Slot
  • 2000: Owen Slot
  • 1999: Mihir Bose

Scoop of the Year

Previously Sports News Story

  • 2015: Jonathan Calvert, George Arbuthnot, David Collins
  • 2014: Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert
  • 2013: Mark Ogden
  • 2012: Lawrence Booth
  • 2011: Mark Souster
  • 2010: Mazher Mahmood
  • 2009: Paul Kelso
  • 2008 :Rob Draper and Daniel King
  • 2007: David Norrie
  • 2006: Stephen Jones
  • 2005: Rob Beasley
  • 2004: Duncan Mackay
  • 2003: Not awarded
  • 2002: Harry Harris
  • 2001: John Goodbody
  • 2000: Mark Reason
  • 1999: Matt Dickinson

Regional Sportswriter

  • 2015: James Olley
  • 2014: Jon Colman
  • 2013: Jon Colman
  • 2012: Jon Colman
  • 2011: Jon Colman
  • 2010: Martin Smith
  • 2009: Mike Aitken
  • 2008: Jon Colman
  • 2007: Mike Aitken
  • 2006: Doug Gillon
  • 2005: Martin Smith
  • 2004: Jeremy Wilson
  • 2003: Martin Smith
  • 2002: Doug Gillon
  • 2001: John Gibson
  • 2000: Graham Redfearn and Maggie Stratton
  • 1999: John Gibson
Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail, after a career spanning six decades, makes his acceptance speech after receiving the SJA Doug Gardner Award in March 2013
Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail, after a career spanning six decades, makes his acceptance speech after receiving the SJA Doug Gardner Award in March 2013

Young Sports Writer

for the Ian Wooldridge Award

  • 2015: Daniel Johnson
  • 2014: James Gheerbrant
  • 2013: Jack Pitt-Brooke
  • 2012: Martha Kelner
  • 2011: Jonathan Liew
  • 2010: Oliver Brown
  • 2009: Oliver Brown
  • 2008: Emma John
  • 2007: Oliver Brown

SJA Doug Gardner Award

Hugh McIlvanney received a standing ovation from his peers when he went up to collect the Doug Gardner Award for services to sports journalism from the SJA President, Sir Michael Parkinson
Hugh McIlvanney received a standing ovation from his peers in 2009 when he collected the Doug Gardner Award for services to sports journalism from former SJA President, Sir Michael Parkinson

for Services to Sports Journalism and the SJA

  • 2016: Caroline Searle
  • 2015: Sir Michael Parkinson
  • 2014: Mike Ingham
  • 2013: Jeff Powell
  • 2012: Barry Newcombe
  • 2011:  John Samuel
  • 2010: Patrick Eagar
  • 2009: Hugh McIlvanney
  • 2008: Ian Cole
  • 2007: Chris Smith
  • 2006: Bill Colwill, OBE
  • 2005: David Welch
  • 2004: Morley Myers
  • 2003: Monte Fresco
  • 2002: Stewart Fraser
  • 2001: Ian Wooldridge
  • 2000: David Miller
  • 1999: John Bromley, OBE
  • 1998: Trevor Bond
  • 1997: Bill Bateson
  • 1996: Ken Jones
  • 1995: Alan Weeks
  • 1992: Tom Clarke
  • 1991: David Hunn
  • 1990: Dr Malcolm Brodie, MBE
  • 1989: Terry O’Connor

Television Sport Live Broadcast

LITTLE AND LARGE: Ashes and the Davis Cup
LITTLE AND LARGE: The Ashes and the Davis Cup

Introduced in 2014

  • 2015: Sky Sports – The Ashes
  • 2014: BBC Sport: Commonwealth Games

Radio Sport Live Broadcast

Introduced in 2014

  • 2015: BBC Radio 5Live – Rugby World Cup
  • 2014: BBC Radio 5Live – Commonwealth Games

Television Sport Documentary

Introduced in 2014

  • 2015: Sam Collins & Jarrod Kimber – Death of a Gentleman
  • 2014: BT Sport – The Crazy Gang

Radio Sport Documentary

Introduced in 2014

  • 2015: BBc Radio Leeds – The Bradford City Fire Remembered
  • 2014: TalkSport: Kick Off Mental Health

Best Special Edition

Introduced in 2014. For the best one-off sports supplement or special edition exhibiting any and all the facets of the best journalism – layout, picture use, strong writing and overall impact, online or in print

  •  2015: Sunday Times
  • 2014: Daily Mirror: Cheltenham supplement

Radio Sport Programme

From 2010-2013, voted for by SJA membership

  • 2013: My Sporting Life (TalkSport)
  • 2012: Test Match Special (BBC) mm
  • 2011: BBC 5 Live – Depression in Cricket
  • 2010: Test Match Special (BBC)

TV Sport Programme

From 2010-2013, voted for by SJA membership

  • 2013: Sports Life Stories (ITV)
  • 2012: London Olympics (BBC)
  • 2011: Test Cricket (Sky Sports)
  • 2010: Test Cricket (Sky Sports)

Sports Picture

PUNCH: 2015 Sports Picture of the Year (Carl Recine/Action Images)
  • 2015: Carl Recine 
  • 2014: Matthew Lewis
  • 2013: Laurence Griffiths
  • 2012: Andrew Boyers
  • 2011: John Sibley
  • 2010: Paul Gilham
  • 2009: Gareth Copley
  • 2008: Clive Mason
  • 2007: Carl Recine
  • 2006: Not awarded
  • 2005: David Ashdown
  • 2004: Darren Staples
  • 2003: Mark Robinson
  • 2002: Not awarded
  • 2001: Mike King
  • 2000: Russell Cheyne
  • 1999: Ross Kinnaird

Sports News Picture

  • 2014: Graham Chadwick
  • 2013: Toby Melville
  • 2012: Richard Heathcote
  • 2011: Mark Robinson
  • 2010: Eddie Keogh
  • 2009: Eddie Keogh
  • 2008: Marc Aspland
  • 2007: Marc Aspland
  • 2006: Alex Livesey
  • 2005: David Ashdown
  • 2004: Tom Jenkins
  • 2003: Dave Rogers
  • 2002: Mark Leech
  • 2001: Nick Potts
  • 2000: Toby Melville
  • 1999: Hugh Routledge

Specialist Sports Portfolio

Bryn Lennon accepting the trophy as 2013 British Sports Photographer of the Year from the SJA chairman, David Walker
Bryn Lennon accepting the trophy as 2013 British Sports Photographer of the Year from the SJA chairman, David Walker

for the Phil Sheldon Trophy

  • 2015: Alan Crowhurst
  • 2014: Gareth Copley
  • 2013: Bryn Lennon
  • 2012: Philip Brown
  • 2011: Edward Whitaker
  • 2010: Carl de Souza
  • 2009: Toby Melville
  • 2008: Edward Whitaker
  • 2007: Gareth Copley
  • 2006: Edward Whitaker
  • 2005: Tom Shaw
  • 2004: Leo Mason
  • 2003: Tom Jenkins
  • 2002: Clive Mason
  • 2001: Stephen Hird
  • 2000: Brandon Malone

Sports Portfolio

  • 2015: Adrian Dennis
  • 2014: Adrian Dennis
  • 2013: Lee Smith
  • 2012: Eddie Keogh
  • 2011: Tom Jenkins
  • 2010: Laurence Griffiths
  • 2009: Scott Heavey
  • 2008: Matt Dunham
  • 2007: Paul Gilham
  • 2006: Stu Forster
  • 2005: Mike Hewitt
  • 2004: Tom Jenkins
  • 2003: Clive Mason
  • 2002: Mike Hewitt
  • 2001: Bob Martin
  • 2000: Toby Melville
  • 1999: Mike King

 Football Picture

  • 2015: John Sibley

Rugby World Cup Portfolio

  • 2o15: Andrew Boyers

Sports Website of the Year

  • 2015: Guardian
  • 2014: Guardian
  • 2013: Daily Mail
  • 2012: BBC London 2012

Specialist Sports Website

  • 2015: Racing UK
  • 2014: Sporting Intelligence

Investigative Sports Reporter

  • 2015: Jonathan Calvert, George Arbuthnot, David Collins
  • 2014: Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert

David Welch Student Sports Writer

IN THE GENES: James Lorenzo
  • 2015: James Lorenzo 
  • 2014: Mark Critchley
  • 2013: Teddy Cutler
  • 2012: James Gheerbrant
  • 2011: Michael Taylor

Discontinued categories

Sports Betting Writer

  • 2013: Greg Wood
  • 2012: Ed Hawkins
  • 2011: Ed Hawkins
  • 2010: Ed Hawkins
  • 2009: Steve Palmer
  • 2008: Steve Palmer

Cartoonist

  • 2013: Russel Herneman
  • 2012: Matt Pritchett
  • 2011: Nick Newman
  • 2010: Kerber and Black
  • 2009: Paul Wood
  • 2008: Nick Newman
  • 2007: Nick Newman
  • 2006: Kerber and Black
  • 2005: Nick Newman

Interviewer

2012 Oliver Brown
2011 Donald McRae
2010 Donald McRae
2009 Donald McRae
2008 Paul Kimmage
2007 Paul Kimmage
2006 Paul Kimmage
2005 Paul Kimmage
2004 Paul Kimmage
2003 David Walsh

Sports Diarist

2009 David Hills
2008 David Hills
2007 Charles Sale
2006 Alan Hubbard
2005 Charles Sale
2004 Alan Hubbard
2003 Charles Sale

Internet Sports Writer

2011 Nick Harris
2010 Nick Harris
2009 equal first: Kevin Eason and Duncan Mackay
2008 John Hopkins
2007 Matt Slater

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